recording of Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds, Volume I
by Charles Mackay.
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The book chronicles and vilifies its targets in three parts: "National Delusions", "Peculiar Follies", and "Philosophical Delusions".
The subjects of Mackay's debunking include alchemy, beards (influence of politics and religion on), witch-hunts, crusades and duels. Present day writers on economics, such as Andrew Tobias, laud the three chapters on economic bubbles. (summary from wikipedia)
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October 5, 2011
An excellent book about conmen taking whole cities, or even countries, on the long con.
THe book's title sounds a bit academic, but its about grand capers and conmen. It's like Enron and the Wall Street bailout, with some of the high-class grifters who used ot pretend to turn lead into gold.
I'm really glad to have listened to this book. It's well read, and fascinating.